Submissions for Cordite 41: TRANSPACIFIC Now Open

1 September 2012

Poetry for Cordite 41: TRANSPACIFIC will be guest-edited by Michael Nardone and Josephine Rowe. We will accept up to four poems per submission. This includes text, sound, image, video and other digital forms of poetry. We will once again be publishing 30 Australian poets and up to 30 from around the world, forming a double issue of sorts (you do not have to be living in a Pacific region to submit).

Please see the full submissions guidelines. Also note, Cordite 42: NO THEME REDUX with poetry guest-edited by Gig Ryan is next.


Rowe | Melbourne


Nardone | Montreal

Josephine Rowe writes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, mostly at a small table in Melbourne, Australia. Her writing has been included in Meanjin, Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Poems, Dumbo Feather, The Iowa Review and the forthcoming issue of Harvard Review. In 2011, she attended the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Her most recent short story collection is Tarcutta Wake (UQP, 2012).

Michael Nardone is Poetry Editor for Hobo Magazine, Managing Editor for AMODERN, Assistant Editor for Jacket2, and Co-Editor of performance / MACHINE. His new work, O.Cyrus & the Bardo, a collaboration with artist Jude Griebel, is now available from JackPine Press. Recent writings appear in The Coming Envelope, Matrix, The Conversant, n+1, Poetry is Dead, The Incongruous Quarterly and Lemon Hound. He lives in Montreal.

Rowe and Nardone have ‘discussed and settled upon two central approaches for TRANSPACIFIC: toward curating a geography of a Transpacific, and toward mapping a content of a Transpacific. The two are, of course, relational by degree and inseparable. Their interest lies in reading of the experience (and the idea of) a Transpacific in regards to land and city, archive and document, tradition and change. In this pursuit, a diversity of poetics and practices – translations, lyric work, sound, dialogues and experimental poetries – are welcome.’

The issue will embody the ‘Trans’ aspect of the theme. Individual works might be situated anywhere in the Pacific; geographically, ideologically, linguistically, etc. We encourage you to address that span – covering some physical or conceptual distance within the work – as we aim to spatially contrast works which are firmly rooted in specific geographies.

But an ekphrastic piece on Paul Gauguin’s paintings from Tahiti? Perfect. Maybe you’re a poet doing some freaky stuff with language poetry and tidal level recordings? Polemicist poetry on Nauru detention centres? This post was written on a California-designed, Chinese-made laptop in a park while ‘borrowing’ the wifi leaking out of a Japanese sushi bar in Perth, Australia … while wearing blue jeans made in Mexico. Now there’s a thought.

Please see the full submissions guidelines.

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About Kent MacCarter

Kent MacCarter is publisher of Cordite Books and managing editor of Cordite Poetry Review. He's the author of three poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here (Transit Lounge, 2009), Sputnik's Cousin (Transit Lounge, 2014) and California Sweet (Five Islands Press, 2018).

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